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The idea factory : Bell Labs and the great age of American innovation

Author: Jon Gertner
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2012.
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This work highlights achievements of Bell Labs as a leading innovator, exploring the role of its highly educated employees in developing new technologies while considering the qualities of companies where innovation and development are most successful. The author shows how Bell Labs served as an incubator for scientific innovation from the 1920s through the 1980s. In its heyday, Bell Labs boasted nearly 15,000
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jon Gertner
ISBN: 9781594203282 1594203288 9780143122791 0143122797
OCLC Number: 733230713
Description: 422 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Wicked problems --
Oil drops --
West to East --
System --
War --
Solid state --
House of magic --
The informationist --
Man and machines --
Formula --
Silicon --
Empire --
An instigator --
On Crawford Hill --
Futures, real and imagined --
Mistakes --
Competition --
Apart --
Afterlives --
Inheritance --
Echoes.
Responsibility: Jon Gertner.

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Traces the origins of some of the twentieth century's important inventions. This title tells the story about the life and work of a small group of eccentric men - Mervin Kelly, Bill Shockley, Claude  Read more...

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[F]illed with colorful characters and inspiring lessons..."The Idea Factory" explores one of the most critical issues of our time: What causes innovation? Walter Isaacson, The New York Times Book Read more...

 
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